Whit and I were sitting comfortably in our Gwangju apartment the other evening, just eating our kimchi jjigae for dinner and watching NBC Nightly News from back home. It’s become a tradition for us to watch the news as we eat. We both love to catch up on the world and on America.
But we were quite surprised to hear them call Korea “the most dangerous place on Earth”. We laughed to ourselves–just typical media overreaction to produce a good news story. (Believe I know how this works, I used to be a reporter myself).
In light of recent events, the Korean peninsula has become unsteady. I’m not saying it’s not. But I certainly don’t walk out the front door and think…oh, maybe I should bring a gas mask in case North Korea decides to nuke us today. It’s just not like that.
While going through some old photos last night, I came across some of my favorite photos that I took of my students at our former school. Whit and I went through the photos, laughing about each student, their nickname, and how purely innocent and fun kids are around the world. No matter what’s in the news, or how the media portrays and expands a situation, it’s nice to know that people are just people and home is just home, wherever you call home in this world.
Here’s a look at my Korea.